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A Whirlwind World Cup of Netball Features Grand Slam’s Netball Posts

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This year’s World Cup of Netball drew to a close in Sydney this Sunday 16th August. The Australian Diamonds once again proved their dominance, besting long time rival the New Zealand Silver Ferns in the finals and holding on to the championship for the 3rd consecutive year.

Grand Slam Sports Equipment, being the leading manufacturer of high-end netball posts, supplied the netball goals for the prestigious quadrennial championship tournament. The only thing that remained constant during the whirlwind competition was Grand Slam Sport Equipment’s durability and commitment to quality, whose netball posts withstood even the most intense of games.

The Netball World Cup is another proud addition to Grand Slam Sports Equipment’s notable list of high-profile events they’ve supplied equipment for, including events such as the Sydney Olympics, the South Pacific Games in Fiji, as well as the Melbourne Commonwealth Games. With 30 years of experience in the sports industry Grand Slam imposes strict product testing and quality control on each piece of equipment in their assembly to meet the highest of standards.

About Grand Slam’s Netball Posts

Grand Slam’s industrial strength netball posts are engineered to provide the utmost reliability and to comply with gaming standards and regulations. They offer top-of-the-line class A indoor and outdoor netball posts for both professional and personal use.

Grand Slam Sports Equipment takes pride in focusing on the details to ensure all of their sports equipment is fit per the official industry specifications.

About Grand Slam Sports Equipment

Grand Slam is the leading supplier and manufacturer of professional-grade sports equipment in Australia as well as overseas. Each piece of their equipment incorporates industrial galvanized steel, engineered for optimal strength, durability, and reliability in order to meet even the most demanding international standards. All of Grand Slam’s outdoor equipment have been tried and tested to withstand the most extreme weather conditions, with maximum grade durability to endure the strain of rough handling for years on end with minimum maintenance.

Grand Slam’s team is composed of highly efficient professional engineers, architects, and builders, who strive to ensure and provide superior service, installation, and satisfaction to the customer.

For more information, please call 1800 773 461, email sales@grand-slam.com.au or Request an Online Quote for netball posts.

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Grand Slam and Polytan partner to deliver five new synthetic grass tennis courts for Northern Suburbs Tennis Association

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Five new synthetic grass tennis courts have recently been completed at the Northern Suburbs Tennis Association – Naremburn. This has improved the overall appearance of the centre and is assisting in attracting new members to the tennis club.

A major issue with the original courts was that tree roots were interfering with the court surface, making match play almost impossible.

Sports surfacing contractor – Polytan, removed the existing surface and tree roots and installed a deep tree root barrier to prevent future damage to the tennis court. The kiln dried sand infill was sourced from Williamstown and layered with the synthetic grass surface.

Grand Slam Sports Equipment supplied 5 new external winding tennis posts, tennis nets and sleeves to replace the old ones. These were manufactured in Brisbane using galvanised steel and powder-coated for extra protection.

Sue Delmege from the Northern Suburbs Tennis Association says; “We are extremely satisfied with the finished job of the resurfacing of the courts at our Wheatleigh Street, Naremburn centre. The projection of roots from neighbouring trees has been a big problem with the courts and we are very confident that the removal of the roots and insertion of root guards as done will prove to be a satisfactory long term solution. The players are extremely happy with the way the courts are playing, even though extremely new, and particularly happy that the root problem no longer interferes with the bounce. All courts appear to be drying much quicker and the appearance of the surface, new nets and new net posts have given the whole centre a fresh and appealing atmosphere which will surely attract new clients to the centre. We are also very appreciative of the clean and tidy manner in which the centre was left on completion of the job.”

For further information about sports court installation and surfacing upgrades, please visit www.polytan.com.au

For further information about sports equipment for clubs, schools, councils and homes, please contact Grand Slam on 1800 773 461.

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Your Ultimate Guide to Netball Goal Posts  

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Have you got questions about netball posts? You’ve come to the right place!

Grand Slam has over 30 years experience providing netball equipment to schools, councils, sports clubs and residential properties. We’ve supplied sports equipment for countless high profile events and facilities, including the Sydney Olympics, Melbourne Commonwealth Games, South Pacific Games (Fiji), Waitekere Sports Complex (NZ), and Suncorp Stadium.  All our sports equipment is engineered for strength and reliability and is designed and built to meet the most rigorous safety and quality standards.

We have put together this handy guide with commonly asked questions to help you decide what you need when purchasing netball goals.

What specifications do my netball rings and posts needs to be?

The official specifications for standard netball rings from Netball Australia are:

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•  Post height: 3.05m (2.4m modified netball)
•  Post diameter: Standard 65mm
•  Ring: 380mm internal diameter 15mm steel rod
However, the specifications vary depending on the age of your netball players. This is where an adjustable netball goal post comes in handy. A goal post with an adjustable ring is essential if you plan on organizing groups of adults and/or children of different ages, not all of whom may be able to cope with a 3-metre tall ring.

For the different age groups, allow the netball ring to be at the height of at least:

  • 244 cm for children between the age of 7 and 9;
  • 305 cm for adults and professional players.

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What’s the difference between indoor  and outdoor netball posts?

Outdoor netball goal posts

The main consideration when it comes to outdoor netball goals is that they need to withstand the weather. For permanent installations, 76mm diameter poles provide rigidity and are robust for outdoor use.

It’s very important that your sports equipment meets minimum manufacturing requirements – particularly if you are supplying to schools. For example, Education Queensland has strict specifications for sports equipment. Before purchasing your sports equipment, it pays to double check they meet legal manufacturing requirements. Otherwise, you could unfortunately be liable for any issues that may arise.

Additionally, a lot of suppliers do not hot dip galvanise prior to powder coating, meaning they are not adequately protected from corrosion (and safety issues that could arise from this). So insist on high quality protection when purchasing your sports equipment to save yourself hassle down the track.

Grand Slam’s netball equipment is thoroughly reviewed and tested to ensure it exceeds safety requirements. All our sports equipment is engineered for strength and reliability and is designed and built to meet the most rigorous safety and quality standards.

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Indoor netball goal posts

Indoor netball posts are designed to be robust, however it is kept in mind that they are often installed on multi-purpose courts. This means there is often a need for them to be removed to make room for other sports equipment. This means they need to be lighter and more manageable to put into storage regularly.

There are also considerations to have the least amount of impact on the flooring as possible. Read on for more details:

How do the netball posts attach to the ground?

 

To attach netball posts to the ground, the most common and widely used method for outdoor goal posts is the sleeve system – allowing the posts to be inserted into sleeves that are then concreted into the ground, so the post can simply be pulled out whenever you need to pack it up and go. As an added safety feature, caps can also be placed over the holes.

Indoor netball goals require a different lock-down technique, depending on whether the netball court is timber or concrete. Posts are set in place using a sleeve that is concreted in place under the floor, and they are locked in place using a floor plate.

Click here to learn more about floor attachments for your netball goals.

Do I need netball post padding?

It is highly recommended to install post padding on your rugby posts for obvious safety reasons. In fact, most schools, clubs and councils are obliged by law to cover all exposed sports equipment GPP19with padding to protect players.

Padding can vary in height – however, according to Netball Victoria, it is a requirement that post padding be full height (3m) for public competitions:

“Padding should not be more than 50mm thick and shall start at the base of the goalpost and extend the full length of the goalpost (3m). NB: Associations that have goalpost pads that meet the previous requirements of between 2 metres and 2.5 metres up the goal post, should purchase full-length pads when replacing them.”

For private residential netball goals, shorter post padding is acceptable.

Click here to learn more about netball post padding.

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All these details are essential when it comes to following the most important regulations and guidelines for netball equipment and ensuring a safe and professional game of netball.

We hope you found this netball goal guide useful. Stay tuned for more handy netball equipment tips and info coming your way!

If you have any further questions, don’t hesitate to give Grand Slam Sports Equipment a call on 1800 773 461 or email sales@grand-slam.com.au

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Are you ready for the start of the Winter Sports season?

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The weather might be getting a little chillier, and the sky a little greyer…But never fear – because Winter sports are back on!

Popular sports during the Winter season are, of course, the four football codes – AFL, Rugby League, Rugby Union and Soccer. Netball and hockey are also incredibly popular during the cooler months.

These sports are a great way to stay fit and warm up during a time when it is very tempting to stay at home on the couch!

Are you involved with a Winter sport through a school, council or sports club? Run through this checklist to see whether you are prepared for the new season.Steel rugby union goals: 12000mm

Pre-season checklist:

1. Sports equipment

  • Do the goal posts have have any evidence of rust or damage?
  • Are the goal post sleeves filling with water that could cause future rust?
  • Are the goal post sleeves are secure in the ground?
  • Do the nets have any holes in them? (if used)NB303
  • Is all goal post padding are in place and in good condition?

Do you need to replace any sports equipment? Check out our product ranges and request an online quote:

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 2. Playing field/court

  • Is the surface free of debris?
  • Have weather conditions or water made the surface unsafe?
  • Is the surface in good condition? i.e. grass appropriate length, free of holes
  • Are sprinkler covers correctly in place?
  • Are lighting conditions adequate?
  • Are ground markings safe & a sufficient distance from fencing and other structures?
  • Is sports equipment safe & in good condition?
  • Check goal pads and corner posts are in place
  • Check on field seating (bench) for team reserves & support staff
  • Check that bins containing soil or sand are positioned at ½ way on both sides of ground
  • Check sin-bin officials, timekeepers have appropriate area set aside
  • Check hooter/bell is in working order
  • Are all court/field lines clearly marked or do they need a refresh?

3. General Facilities & Change rooms

  • Are the facilities free of debris?
  • Is seating clean and safe?
  • Check safety of any portable seating or scaffolding which has been erected
  • Are the changerooms & referees facilities safe and hygienically clean, particularly showers and toilets?
  • Is hot water working for shower facilities in player & referees rooms?
  • Is there a sufficient supply of ice?
  • Is there a sufficient supply of drinking water and/or soft drink for both competing teams and referees rooms?
  • Are benches and tables provided and in safe condition?
  • Are toilets well maintained, hygienic and adequately stocked?
  • Are waste bins provided and placed appropriately?

Do you need new player shelters or spectator seating? Request an online quote now!

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4. First Aid

  • Is a Jordan Frame stretcher provided on site?
  • Is the stretcher location known to teams involved?
  • Is a qualified first aid officer present?
  • Is a telephone available for emergency use, together with emergency numbers being known?
  • Have first aid kit stocks been checked against an appropriate check list, with ice available?
  • Is an ambulance present at the venue while the match is in progress with clear access to arena?
  • Is medical area for club doctors clean and sterile?
  • Do first aid officers know the location of the nearest hospital and medical centre?

5. Teams & Personnel Check

  • Check with coaches/football managers for match timings
  • Check with coaches/football managers for length of breaks Inform timekeepers, ground announcer of match conditions i.e. match time and breaks
  • Inform football managers of warm up areas & procedures
  • Make sure team members know dates and times of games

6. Other Checks

  • Meet with team liaison officials and where applicable security head, coordinator, curator, ticket sellers
  • Ensure that press area is easily identified where applicable
  • Check reserve seating area arranged for players, officials, invited guests & sponsors to use prior to kick off where applicable

 

This list is designed as a starting guideline, as each sports club will have their unique requirements. Hopefully it will get your mind ticking over and help you prepare for the season ahead.

Good luck!

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If you have any questions about sports equipment requirements, don’t hesitate to contact Grand Slam on 1800 773 461 or sales@grand-slam.com.au.

 

Source: http://www.sleaustralia.com.au/pdf/CRL_Pre_Game_Training_Safety_Checklist.pdf

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Create your own Asian Cup soccer experience

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In a nail biting match last week, Australia overcame the devastation of a last-minute equaliser to produce a stunning performance and win the Asian Cup final for the socceroos2first time.

On a landmark night for Australian soccer, substitute James Troisi became the toast of the nation, slamming home what proved to be the winner as the Socceroos outlasted South Korea in extra time to win 2-1 in front of 76,385 ecstatic fans at ANZ Stadium in Sydney.

Want to create your own Socceroos experience?

With the popularity of soccer growing each year in Australia, Grand Slam has remained at the cutting edge of soccer goal technology. Over the years, we have introduced several soccer goal innovations to the market.

In 2000, we designed a one of a kind aluminium soccer goal extrusion, which has proven extremely popular all over Australia for safety and durability. The design of the die along with grade of material used determines the strength and flexibility of the product. Grand Slam  designed their own post profile and die to provide a strong and lightweight system with grooves to easily accept soccer net clips.

Grand Slam’s premium soccer goals have been used right across Australia in hundreds schools, councils, sports clubs and several high profile sports stadiums – including Blacktown Olympic Park and Allianz Stadium (formally Aussie Stadium).

What type of soccer goal do I need?

For competition level soccer, the three main types of soccer goal shapes are P-shaped, free-standing, and free-hanging:

P-shaped soccer goals

P-shaped goals are usually more light and portable than other types of goals. They are usually installed using ground sleeves so they can be easily removed and carried off the field and into storage.

The aluminium senior P-shaped goals (SG200A) and junior P-shaped goals (SG200A-U12) are a great choice for these reasons. They both come with welded inner mitre joints for strength, but the three-walled oval profile aluminium means they are lightweight enough for easy transportation. The senior P-shaped goal measures 7320mm wide x 2440mm high. The junior P-shaped goal is 500mm wide x 2000mm high.The ‘P’ refers to the P-shaped poles that support the net – which hangs down to the ground on an approximately 45-degree angle to the crossbar.

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Free-standing soccer goals

The main advantage of the free-standing goals is that it is fully supported by the frame. This creates more space within the goal, preventing players from getting tangled. It also allows the net more support to protect from wind damage and provides a stronger bounce back for the soccer ball.

The other huge advantage of the free-standing soccer goal is that it doesn’t need to be installed in ground sleeves (hence, the name – free standing!). If you are unable to install anything permanently on the field – these goals offer the perfect solution.

The senior free-standing goals (SG300A) and junior free-standing goals (SG300A-U12) provide this option. They consist of lightweight aluminium, allowing them to be moved around with ease. They are safely secured into place using lock down plates and anchor pegs to prevent any movement during play.

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Free-hanging soccer goals

The senior free-hanging goal (SG400A) comes with welded inner mitre joints, plastic net hooks, ground sockets, caps and net supports. It is available in aluminium or powder-coated finish. The net can be further neatened by using an SG400A back net support (SG400A-LBN). This piece attaches to the bottom of the goal and pushes out the net to provide more support at ground level.Free-hanging nets are typically used for professional football games. They are supported by two net support posts at the back. This creates a neat box shape while preserving the simple, lightweight structure.

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Request a Quote – Free Hanging Soccer Goal (SG400A)

 

Combination soccer and rugby goals

So what happens when you share your soccer field with rugby players? (Other than getting worn out turf!).

The ideal solution is the combination soccer/rugby goals (RUG107). They are uniquely designed to suit both sports and eliminates the need to swap over the goals for different games. The combination soccer/rugby goals are very popular with schools, clubs and parks as they offer much more flexibility when trying to cater for multiple sports.RUG107-W41

Request a Quote – Combination Soccer/Rugby Goal (RUG107)

What type of soccer net do I need?

The quality of the net will impact on how long it will last. It needs to be of suitable quality to withstand regular beating from soccer balls, as well as last through wind, rain and sun damage. The type of material it is made from, the thickness of the net, and the size of the mesh will determine how durable your soccer net is.

It is also important to remember that one size does not fit all! Make sure you get the right specifications before purchasing your soccer net to avoid receiving one that is either too big or too small for the goal. of the net will impact on how long it will last. It needs to be of suitable quality to withstand regular beating from soccer balls, as well as last through wind, rain and sun damage. The type of material it is made from, the thickness of the net, and the size of the mesh will determine how durable your soccer net is.

Soccer nets are usually made from polyethylene or nylon and come in different cord thickness and mesh sizes. The quality is determined by the cord thickness and mesh size. For senior players, it is preferable to purchase a net that has a thicker cord and smaller mesh. This will ensure that the quality is high enough to withstand more intense play.

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Why choose Grand Slam for your soccer equipment?

Grand Slam Sports Equipment is Australia’s original sports equipment manufacturer with a proven track record and over 25 years’ experience.

Grand Slam Sports Equipment is engineered for strength and reliability. The outdoor equipment is designed for even the most extreme conditions, and can be supplied for wind areas rating from W33 to W50. The indoor equipment is also designed and built to meet the most rigorous safety and quality standards. Wherever possible, they manufacture their products from long-lasting, highly durable galvanized steel, which is (where stated) powder-coated in high grade polyester to give years of maintenance-free use. These products can also be powder-coated or painted if desired to suit your needs.

Grand Slam has supplied sports equipment for countless high profile events and facilities, including:

  • Sydney Olympics
  • Melbourne Commonwealth Games
  • South Pacific Games (Fiji)
  • Waitekere Sports Complex (NZ)
  • Suncorp Stadium rugby goals
  • Sydney Roosters rugby goals
  • Natalie Cook’s Olympic beach volleyball equipment

Grand Slam’s equipment can be installed by qualified personnel, but they recommend that their experienced fitters either oversee or install their equipment to ensure that the correct operation and safety standards are met. Their installation service is available across Australia and overseas.

Want to know more about soccer equipment?

See our full range of soccer equipment or read our Ultimate Guide to Soccer Equipment.

If you have any further questions or feedback, don’t hesitate to give Grand Slam Sports Equipment a call on 1800 773 461 or email sales@grand-slam.com.au.

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Grand Slam Legends presented for 2015

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Grand Slam was again a major sponsor at this year’s Sunshine Coast Sports Star of the Year Awards.

The event is held annually by the Sunshine Coast Sports Federation and celebrates the achievements of sports people on the Coast during the previous year. The night is held in high regard on the Sunshine Coast and is usually attended by high profile government and sporting representatives from the area.

The Grand Slam Legends Award was introduced last year and celebrates individuals who have devoted a significant amount to Sunshine Coast sport over a long period of time.

The Grand Slam Legends awards for 2015 were presented to:

 

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OAM, Member of Sport Hall of Fame , Olympic Gold medallist in Heptathlon  1984 in LA Gold Com Games 1982 Brisbane bronze in 100m Hurdles 1984 Edinburgh. Taught at Immanuel College as HPE teacher on SC. Now National Coaching Director for Athletics Australia.
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[two_third_last]Ray Boyd

Gold Medal Pole Vault 1982 Com Games in Brisbane. He competed in 2 Olympics and 3 Commonwealth Games. Father and coach of Alana Boyd 2 time Gold medalist in Pole Vault and Matt and Jacinta Boyd who are both highly credentialed athletes. He is based at the University of the Sunshine Coast and has been a long time resident of the area, helping many up and coming athletes around the Coast and Australia.[/two_third_last]

 

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[two_third_last]Mal Meninga

Australian and Queensland Rugby League Legend – Captained Australia and Coach for 8 State of Origin winning series with QLD. Inducted into the Australian Sports Hall of Fame.He was named in the team of the Century. Canberra Raiders Captain and premiership winner and has a Grand Stand at Canberra Stadium named after him.  Won the Daily M Captain of the year 3 years in succession.  A legend of League on the Sunshine Coast having graduated from Maroochydore High School.
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[two_third_last]Phil Jarratt

Surfing writer for over 30 years and convener of the Noosa Festival of Surfing for the last 17 years which was named the 2014 SC Sports Federation Event of the Year. An author of many surfing books and avid surfer still and a true local identity and Icon of the Sunshine Coast.
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Congratulations to all the recipients, as well as the Senior Sports Star of the Year Ryan Tyack World Archery Champion and Junior, Jett Lawrence Wold Junior Motocross Champion.

The Sports Star of the Year is a fantastic way to celebrate the talent and diversity of sport on the Sunshine Coast. A great night was had by all!

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How to get an Australian Open quality tennis court

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The 2015 Australian Open has been defined by both the creation and rewriting of history. Serena Williams and Maria Sharapova gave us a contest worth talking abouserenat. Even if the outcome was a familiar one – a 16th consecutive victory for Williams, 6-3 7-6 – this was a final of high tension and high thrills.

With his victory over Murray, it is worth considering Djokovic’s place within history. A sparkling record of five titles at Melbourne Park from five finals moves him into second place behind six-time winner Roy Emerson on the all-time list of Australian Open winners. It’s his eighth major championship, drawing him level with legends Andre Agassi, Jimmy Connors, Ivan Lendl, Ken Rosewall and Fred Perry.

Do you love watching the pros dominate the tennis court? Have you always wanted to build a tennis court, but have been unsure of the equipment needed?djokovic

With such a large range on the market, it can often be confusing when you first start investigating tennis equipment.

What type of tennis net should I get?

First of all – what type of competition will it be used for?

If you just want to have a hit of the tennis ball at home with your friends every now and again – you probably won’t need anything super heavy duty. A standard net with single mesh netting and medium sized head-bands (the vinyl along the top) should do the job – so we would probably recommend something like our championship tennis net (TN3).

Need a net that will get pummeled with tennis balls more regularly? You will definitely need something a lot stronger to withstand the extra stress. It would be best to get a double-layered vinyl headband to withstand extra wear and tear (particularly if you are from a school, tennis club or council).

Don’t forget, you have the choice to upgrade to a double mesh net. This means there is an extra layer of mesh along the first 5 rows of the net. Because this area is hit by the ball most often – it helps extend the life of the net.

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Get an Online Quote – Double mesh championship net (TN3SJPP)

Whats sort of winder should I get?

If you are wanting an Australian Open standard tennis post winder system, we would recommend an internal winder. What’s the difference between an internal and external winder? The easiest way to see the difference is to check out the following images…

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 Get an Online Quote – Stainless Steel Tennis Post with Internal Winder (TNPCSAT-SS)

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Get an Online Quote – Budget Tennis Post with External Winder (TNPB)

So as you can see – these are basically two different ways to attaching and tension the tennis net.

An external winding system means the cable and winder remains outside the post. Whereas, an internal winder means the tennis net cable is fed into the top of the post and the winder operates from inside.

Most people prefer the internal winding system as it looks a lot neater and professional. However, if you are on a tighter budget – the external winding system works just as well. The handle can also be removed and stored elsewhere as a security measure.

Install a tennis court and increase the value of your home!

Besides offering exceptional fitness opportunities, installing a tennis court significantly increases the value of your home or property. Court builder and Grand Slam customer David Jones (Sports Construction Group) recently completed a tennis court for a luxurious home in Tabragalba.

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The Plexipave tennis court uses Grand Slam Court Star Tennis Posts with brass fittings, and outdoor galvanised umpire stand.

Read more about this tennis court construction project.

Why choose Grand Slam for your tennis equipment?

Grand Slam Sports Equipment is Australia’s original tennis post manufacturer with a proven track record and over 25 years’ experience.

Grand Slam Sports Equipment is engineered for strength and reliability. The outdoor equipment is designed for even the most extreme conditions, and can be supplied for wind areas rating from W33 to W50. The indoor equipment is also designed and built to meet the most rigorous safety and quality standards. Wherever possible, they manufacture their products from long-lasting, highly durable galvanized steel, which is (where stated) powder-coated in high grade polyester to give years of maintenance-free use. These products can also be powder-coated or painted if desired to suit your needs.

Grand Slam has supplied sports equipment for countless high profile events and facilities, including:

  • Sydney Olympics
  • Melbourne Commonwealth Games
  • South Pacific Games (Fiji)
  • Waitekere Sports Complex (NZ)
  • Suncorp Stadium rugby goals
  • Sydney Roosters rugby goals
  • Natalie Cook’s Olympic beach volleyball equipment

Grand Slam’s equipment can be installed by qualified personnel, but they recommend that their experienced fitters either oversee or install their equipment to ensure that the correct operation and safety standards are met. Their installation service is available across Australia and overseas.

Want to know more about tennis equipment?

Check out our full range of tennis equipment or read our Ultimate Guide to Tennis Equipment.

The team at Grand Slam are always happy to answer you questions and can be contacted on 1800 773 461 or sales@grand-slam.com.au

 

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Your Ultimate Guide to Tennis Equipment

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With such a large range on the market, it can often be confusing when you first start investigating tennis equipment.

In this Ultimate Guide to Tennis Equipment, we attempt to demystify the topic and step you through what you should look for in equipment that will last. 

Tennis Nets

For such a popular sports item, there is surprisingly little information out there to help you make an informed decision to choose the best quality tennis net. You want to make sure you’re not spending your hard earned cash on a net that will need to be replaced after one or two seasons.

Here’s a few handy tips that will help you make the best decision when choosing a tennis net:

What type of tennis net should I get?

First of all – what type of competition will it be used for?

If you just want to have a hit of the tennis ball at home with your friends every now and again – you probably won’t need anything super heavy duty. A standard net with single mesh netting and medium sized head-bands (the vinyl along the top) should do the job – so we would probably recommend something like our championship tennis net (TN3).

Need a net that will get pummeled with tennis balls more regularly? You will definitely need something a lot stronger to withstand the extra stress. It would be best to get a double-layered vinyl headband to withstand extra wear and tear (particularly if you are from a school, tennis club or council).

Don’t forget, you have the choice to upgrade to a double mesh net. This means there is an extra layer of mesh along the first 5 rows of the net. Because this area is hit by the ball most often – it helps extend the life of the net.

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What are the key things I need to look for when purchasing a tennis net?

When you are checking out different types of nets, make sure you look for the key indicators that it’s a quality net, not cheap and nasty!

1. The Quality of the Stitching

We’ve all seen those ratty looking tennis nets that have taken one too many mis-hits from the ball, causing the body of the net to come away from the headband. This is a very common issue with poor quality tennis nets. The great gaping hole in the top of the net is usually because the tiny row of stitching (which holds the body of the net to the headband) is not strong enough to do it’s job.

It is important to not only have strong stitching, but also to use UV-stabilised cotton thread to combat inevitable weather damage. Without these fundamental elements, the net will not last and will soon need to be fixed or upgraded – meaning more money in the long run.

2. The Quality of the Headband

The headband of a tennis net is the piece of material that runs along the top from post to post. Poor headbands become weak and quickly deteriorate. Good quality headbands are usually made from vinyl and it is essential when making tennis net headbands that the manufacturer uses a couple of layers of UV-stabilised vinyl. As with the threading used to connect the body of the net to the headband, this area of the net is very susceptible to weather damage and need to be protected.

3. The Quality of the Mesh Netting

When you consider what tennis net goes through, it’s not surprising that many complaints about low quality nets are about the mesh body getting holes in it. The quality of the black mesh netting is absolutely vital when it comes to absorbing a ball being served at it from 70 to 130km/ph. If the mesh netting is not made from the high quality, heavy duty polyethylene, the net will not be durable and will most likely tear.

The moral of the story? If you want don’t want your net to looking like the picture below, it is always best to go for a top quality net. This is a sure way to save yourself paying out big bucks down the line to fix or upgrade your net.

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Poor quality stitching and mesh will make your tennis net deteriorate very rapidly 

Should I get a full drop tennis net or three-quarter drop?

All the international tennis competitions use full length nets – so a lot of people like the look of the full length net because it looks more professional. However, for more casual games – people generally prefer the three-quarter length nets (760mm drop). They are much easier to play with as it saves you having to collect the ball each time it hits the bottom of the net.

So as a general rule – unless you have a ball boy to run across the court and pick up your tennis balls – the three quarter length net is probably your first choice!

How do I stop my tennis net from sagging in the middle?

Unfortunately, it is near impossible to keep your tennis net perfectly straight. There is always going to be a slight sag in the middle due to the weight of the net. This inevitable sag is actually accounted for when doing professional installations of tennis nets.

However, if your net is sagging excessively – it may be due to a loose winder. Get your local installer to check whether there is any pieces of the winder missing or worn.

How do I fix my broken tennis net?

The most common issues for tennis nets are broken cables, worn head and side bands, and damaged mesh.

If the wire cable has been snapped, you will need to replace it with a new one. Unfortunately, they are a little tricky to install yourself as the vinyl headband that runs along the top of the net needs to be unpicked. The cable is then threaded through the top and sewn up again with an industrial sewing machine.

Damage to the head or side band can also be fixed by replacing the vinyl strip lining the mesh with a new one.

If you have damage to the net itself – this is quite difficult and often expensive to repair. It is usually best to cut your losses and invest in a new tennis net.

Tennis Posts

What do I need to think about when buying tennis posts?

Installation

Number one. How do you plan to install your tennis posts?

If you are starting from scratch – the most common way is to concrete sleeves into the ground for the tennis posts to slide into. This means they can be removed at will. Handy if the court needs to be used for other purposes, or you want to store the posts away when you’re not playing.

If you already have sleeves set into the ground – that’s is a different story. You will need to carefully match the correct measurements so the new post will fit neatly inside it.

So, in summary – when buying new tennis posts, you need to plan ahead a bit to account for correct installation. If you are unsure about anything – contact your local installer first, or give us a call to discuss.

square sleeves and caps

Tennis post sleeves are usually set into the ground with concrete, allowing your post to slide in and out for easy installation and removal. Sleeves with caps can be purchased to cover the hole in the ground when tennis posts are not in use. See here for more information of sleeves and caps.

Durability

Number two. Will your tennis posts last?

Unless you store your tennis posts under cover every time you aren’t playing (and realistically – who can be bothered?), you will need posts that are weather proof and durable.

Make sure you choose tennis posts that have been made from galvanised steel, as this reduces the risk of rust. (For those who are interested – galvanisation is the process of applying a protective zinc coating to steel to protect it from weather damage.) As an extra layer of protection – tennis posts are usually powder-coated with paint, which seals it further against rust.

So make sure you choose quality tennis posts that will last – and save yourself paying out for them down the track.

Winder system

You need to decide whether you want an internal or external winding system for your tennis posts.

What’s the difference? Glad you asked.

4. What’s the difference between an internal and external winders?

The easiest way to see the difference is to check out the following images…

Internal vs External WInders

So as you can see – these are basically two different ways to attaching and tension the tennis net.

An external winding system means the cable and winder remains outside the post. Whereas, an internal winder means the tennis net cable is fed into the top of the post and the winder operates from inside.

Most people prefer the internal winding system as it looks a lot neater and professional. However, if you are on a tighter budget – the external winding system works just as well. The handle can also be removed and stored elsewhere as a security measure.

What’s the best tennis equipment to get for kids?

Kids have specific requirements when it comes to tennis equipment. For a start, they need the net set at an appropriate height to hit the ball over.

Thanks to a joint promotion by ANZ and Tennis Australia to increase young player participation in tennis, Tennis Hot Shots is hugely popular in kids’ sport at the moment.

So how does it work? The courts are smaller, the racquets are lighter and the balls are low-compression so that don’t bounce too high. It is a fun and easy way to learn for primary school-aged kids.

There are three stages in Tennis Hot Shots – Red, Orange and Green. Each stage uses different balls appropriate to children’s skills and confidence. Children are able to progress at their own pace, moving on to the next stage when they are ready.

Want to set up a Tennis Hot Shots court for your school, club or home? All you need to get started is a Grand Slam Tennis Hot Shots kit. This consists of a portable mini 6m tennis net and post system. It includes a carry bag for easy storage and transportation, and assembles in just minutes!

Click here to get an online quote for a Tennis Hot Shots Kit.

 

 

We hope you found this tennis goal post guide useful.

If you have any further questions or feedback, don’t hesitate to give Grand Slam Sports Equipment a call on 1800 773 461, email sales@grand-slam.com.au, or request an online quote for our tennis equipment

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Randwick Council athletics field to be transformed into community park and sporting facility

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Randwick Council athletics field

 

Quick Summary:

Randwick City council is in the process of transforming Chifley’s former Women’s Athletics field into a new community park and multi-purpose sporting facility. Chifley Sports Reserve initially began as a household waste facility before it was cleaned up to become an Athletics field in 1955. But now the 7.7 hectare reserve will be revamped into a key recreational space for local residents and will become a sporting hub for a number of different sporting communities in the area. The new facilities include: cycling pathways, two baseball fields, a multi-purpose sporting ground capable of supporting several sporting codes, and a 100% recycled storm water irrigation system. Future developments that are set to be constructed in 2014-15 include a skate park, outdoor gym equipment, and an all-abilities playground.

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Randwick City Council is undertaking a range of works to transform a former Women’s Athletic’s Field on the Sydney suburb of Chifley into a new sporting facility and community park… The reserve is one of the largest sporting reserves in Randwick City and an important recreational space for the residents living in Randwick City’s southern suburbs. The Council’s upgrade program will restore the park to a quality condition and provide a new facility for children and adults to play a range of sports. Work also includes providing a range of regional recreational facilities for local residents and greater Sydney.

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http://www.ausleisure.com.au/news/sydneys-eastern-suburbs-gains-a-new-community-park-and-sporting-facility/